Tuesday, March 11, 14:07h
Welcome back to my blog, thanks.
Every now and then I try to push my own limits a bit forward. Last weekend was one of those moments…
It´s an open secret that I spend this winter season in Joensuu. That’s why this years’s SM-Itäralli was my home event. Why shouldn’t I do something special when a rally comes to my area?
My very first visit of Joensuu was more or less one year ago. I came here for the same reason and with a mission too. I´m sure you remember. If not, click here to refresh your memory.
What should I do to make this event special to me again?
First of all, my friend Simo Tuunanen (who made me stay in Joensuu this winter) liked what Sporttimobiili did in Rovaniemi: The live streaming of the Arctic Lapland pre-rally press conference. As a member of the organization committee, he asked me to use my connections to get the same service for Itäralli. Back then, Sporttimobiili’s negotiations with AKK were still ongoing and no decisions made about who is going to takes care of the visibility of the Finnish Rally Championship (FRC). Anyway, I brought Simo and Sporttimobili´s producer together and things started to run smoothly… First small step done.
The second step was another new experience: I planned an entire rally in advance.
Usually I like the challenge to go to a rally without knowing what I will see, it keeps my spontaneous. But this time I was a member of a team and I requested special effort from myself to provide the maximum possible.
As a consequence of the second step, the third step was doing the recce.
I remember last year when I asked codrivers for nice 360 panorama locations, they all told me how rollercoaster the stages here are. Therefore I joined Simo and Mika all Friday and highly enjoyed the bumpy and twisty roads.
On Friday evening, I studied the time schedule and the stage map again. The fact that no stage was driven twice led to an ambitious idea: I wanted to see as many stages as possible, including ceremonial start and podium. My intention was my most various gallery ever of a single day event. A lot of driving all day…
And last but not least, I wanted to provide video material to my Sporttimobiili mates then they can embed clips from the stages to their interview shots. Uploading the usable files while driving wasn’t a safe option that´s why we agreed to meet at the trotting track stage to handover the memory card.
This is one of the results… Do you like it?
My plan worked out even, I managed to see ceremonial start, the first sixty cars at SS2 and always twenty to thirty cars at SS3, SS4, SS5, SS6 and SS8 plus the podium.
What a busy day but guess what: I looooooove it.
Sporttimobiili´t videos you find here, that´s my gallery for them and another gallery with different pictures on my own website.
Now the winter (?) rally season is over, a loooooong break until the first gravel event on 14.6. in Lapua is ahead. Your feedback here in this blog or a pressed ‘like’-button on Sporttimobiili´s public facebook site will encourage us to improve continuously.
In this blog, I wrote more than usual about planning so you´d probably like to know my next steps: In these days, I try to fix Simo´s Xsara’s engine. The cylinder head is already removed… I hope I get the engine fixed before I leave to click here.
I´ll keep you updated….
High octane greetings and uf Wiederluege!
P.S. Meanwhile, decisions are made. Sporttimobiili will follow the FRC officially!